Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Step Out In Miami After Quitting Royal Life
The royal duo is believed to have made their first public appearance together since announcing they were “stepping back” from royal life, with the Prince speaking about his mental health and wanting a better life for his son.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attended the event at 1 Hotel in Miami’s South Beach on Thursday night, according to reports.
Harry is said to have given a speech at the JPMorgan-sponsored Alternative Investment Summit.
In his speech Harry is said to have detailed how he did not regret stepping down as a senior royal, as he did not want Meghan and son Archie to experience what he went through when younger.
The New York Post reported Harry attended the event in Miami on Thursday and the newspaper quoted a source as saying: "Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother.
"He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional.
"Harry also touched on Megxit, saying while it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family. He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child."
The annual summit is frequently attended by high-profile investors and business-minded celebrities.
It is not known if the duke - who in a decision dubbed Megxit chose financial freedom over being a member of the monarchy - was paid for the speaking engagement but speculation is rife he could have received a fee worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
While no photos have been released of the event, Miami Beach attorney Ramsey Simon alluded to the couple's attendance.
"A couple who are (presumably) former members, recently detached, of a UK family whose role should be abolished and is a few hundred years past its excuse for even being," he tweeted.
In early January, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they will stand down as senior royals and begin to split their time between the UK and North America with their son Archie.
Late last month, Prince Harry made his first public acknowledgment of their choice during a speech he was giving at an event for his Africa-based youth mental health charity, Sentebale.
But there was no trace of the Miami summit on the couple's Instagram page, with their last social media post shared two days ago about New Zealand's Waitangi Day.
In 2017, the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales's death following a Paris car crash, Harry also spoke about how he had sought counselling after two years of "total chaos", having spent nearly two decades "not thinking" about the death of his mother.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "I can confirm reports the Sussexes attended a JP Morgan gathering in Miami yesterday, where the Duke spoke."
A spokesman for JP Morgan declined to comment.